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article imageReview: Stranger than fiction, the lives of soap stars Special

By Alexander Baron     Oct 17, 2013 in Entertainment
Some of the plots in the UK's leading soaps beggar belief, but the off-screen trials and tribulations of their casts are stranger than fiction.
How's this for a plot: elderly man is arrested for historic rape allegations; not so elderly man is tried for and acquitted of historic allegations of child rape; younger man is tried for and and acquitted of sexual offences against a younger man; man is sacked for rapping obscenities; man on £90,000 a year is declared bankrupt; women are accused of taking bribes to promote products on Twitter, complete with undercover filming. All this has happened this year in one soap - for real.
The less said about the Michael Le Vell case the better, let us say simply it should never have gone to trial, and let it go at that. He is not yet back on the small screen but probably will be soon because another member of the Coronation Street cast has been given the push. Two months ago, Chris Fountain was unmasked as a masked rapper. Next week his soap character will have his cue to leave after a flaming row with his mercurial barmaid girlfriend.
Andrew Lancel was cleared of sex charges, but the longest running soap star in the world has that pleasure to come. Hopefully.
Another actor from the same soap has been bankrupted by HM Customs; apparently, Ryan Thomas hasn't been paying his taxes in spite of being a member of the infamous 1%. Perhaps he should speak to Brooke Vincent or one of the other soap stars who have been promoting consumer goods on Twitter?
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